I did a fresh install of Boxee and the newly released Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my Acer Aspire Revo today. The process has not changed significantly since I wrote my post How to install Ubuntu 9.10 and the Boxee Beta on an Acer Aspire Revo (including 64 bit option) back in January. You can pretty much follow these instructions to get everything up and running. One minor difference is in alsamixer where the entry formally known as “IEC958 1” now seems to be labelled “S/PDIF” (see below for screenshot) - unmute this as before. I used the recently released Boxee Beta version 0.9.21.11487 which works with Ubuntu 10.04, at the time of writing the Boxee site doesn't state this. It is also possible to integrate Boxee with the new Ubuntu One Music Store.
If you are using the Revo as a media centre connected to your TV you will want to switch off the Ubuntu screensaver, go to System → Preferences → Screensaver and clear the tick boxes for Activate screensaver when computer is idle and Lock screen when screensaver is active. Click on the Power Management button and under On Mains Power → Actions change the value for Put Computer to sleep when inactive for: to Never. Click close and close again. Video performance might also be improved if you go to System → Administration → Nvidia X Server Settings and under X Screen 0 → OpenGL Settings → Performance tick Sync to Vblank and then click Quit to exit.
The Ubuntu One Music store has a handy feature where it will synchronise the purchases you make through it to any Ubuntu machine synchronised with your Ubuntu One account. Firstly make sure you get Ubuntu One up and running on your Revo once you install Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. You can check the settings and connect the machine to your account by going to System → Preferences Ubuntu One. It might take a while to synchronise everything so be patient!
Once your music has been synchronised (you can see it by going into the Music → Purchased from Ubuntu One section in Rythmbox Music Player) you can make these tracks available to Boxee by adding Ubuntu One as a new “music share”. To do this follow these steps:
- Launch Boxee
- Go to the Settings section (the cog icon by the word “Boxee” in the top left)
- Select Media
- Select Add Sources
- Select your home directory (which will be the entry with your user name, usually the top entry)
- Scroll down to “.local” and select it
- Select “share”
- Select “ubuntuone”
- Select “Purchased from Ubuntu One”
- Select “Add source”
Now you can configure this media source:
- Share name: Ubuntu One
- Media type: Music
- Type of scanning: Monitored (very Frequent)
- Now select “Add”
The new media source is now added and if you go back a couple of screens you will see it listed alongside “Local Music”, “Local Video” and “Local Pictures”. When you next buy music from the Ubuntu One Music Store you should find that it becomes available in Boxee automatically, with artwork too (although patience is always a virtue with any synchronisation technology!).